de Havilland Vampire T11 – WZ590, 5 FTS, RAF Oakington 1962


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Corgi Aviation Archive 1/72 scale AA37304: de Havilland Vampire T11 WZ590 of 5 FTS (Flying Training School), RAF Oakington, 1962. Limited Edition of 1,100 Pieces.

Length 5.25 inches Wingspan 6.25 inches

The subject of a lengthy and thorough restoration, Vampire T11 WZ590 was unveiled to the public in its completed form on the 20th March 2012. Today the Vampire is displayed at the Imperial War Museum Duxford, where its colour scheme ensures it is one of the most striking and visible exhibits on display. Vampire WZ590 was manufactured at Hawarden in Wales and was delivered to No. 228 Operational Conversion Unit at RAF Leeming in December 1953. In 1959 the aircraft moved south to Oakington and No. 5 Flying Training School. By 1963 it had been removed from active RAF service as the more advanced Jet Provost began to take over. It remained in storage until 1971 when it was transferred to the then new Imperial War Museum at Duxford where it remained in an only partly completed state with an inaccurate paint scheme until the restoration began in 2008.

Designed for the RAF as an experimental jet fighter, the de Havilland DH.100 Vampire was first flown on September 20, 1943. The Vampire was the second jet fighter to serve in the RAF, but it was introduced too late to see combat during WWII. It did, however, serve in front line squadrons until 1955, and it was used as a trainer for more than a decade afterwards. This important aircraft is notable for its many achievements; it was the first RAF fighter to exceed 500 mph, the first jet aircraft to cross the Atlantic, and the first jet to take off from and land on an aircraft carrier.

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